- a small, freshwater topminnow, Poecilia reticulata, often kept in aquariums.
Origin of guppy
Examples from the Web for guppy
"There are two branches to this subject, Jobling," says Mr. Guppy.
"He is ours, Jobling, and I am acquainted with him," Mr. Guppy retorts.
Yet 'ere are you a-complainin' because Guppy gets 'imself 'urt.Adventures of Bindle
Herbert George Jenkins
The fourth brings us the Jellybys, with Mr. Guppy, and others.The Problem of 'Edwin Drood'
W. Robertson Nicoll
As I write these lines, the vision of 'Mr. Guppy' rises before me.Atlantic Classics, Second Series
Henry C. Merwin
- a small brightly coloured freshwater viviparous cyprinodont fish, Lebistes reticulatus, of N South America and the Caribbean: a popular aquarium fish
Word Origin and History for guppy
1925, named for R.J.L. Guppy, Trinidad clergyman who supplied the first specimen (1866) to the British Museum. The family name is from a place in Dorset. The class of streamlined U.S. submarines (1948) is an acronym from greater underwater propulsion power + -y.